Quick answer
"Debajo de" is a phrase which is often translated as "under", and "al lado de" is a phrase which is often translated as "next to". Learn more about the difference between "debajo de" and "al lado de" below.
debajo de(
deh
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bah
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hoh
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (prepositional)
a. under
Escondió todos los regalos navideños debajo de la cama.She hid all the Christmas gifts under the bed.
b. underneath
El ladrón escondió la botella robada debajo de su abrigo.The thief hid the stolen bottle underneath his coat.
c. beneath
Hay catacumbas que se pueden visitar debajo de las calles de París.There are catacombs that you can visit beneath the streets of Paris.
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al lado de(
ahl
 
lah
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doh
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate position)
a. next to
Espérame en el restaurante que está al lado del metro.Wait for me at the restaurant that is next to the subway.
b. beside
El novio estaba sentado al lado de la novia durante la ceremonia.The groom was sitting beside the bride during the ceremony.
2. (used to indicate company)
a. with
Su esposo siempre estuvo al lado de ella cuando lo necesitó.Her husband was always with her when she needed him.
3. (used to express comparison)
a. compared to
Nuestra casa es muy pequeña al lado de la suya.Our house is very small compared to yours.
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